ARL Standing Committee elections – eighth candidate

Eighth candidate statement: Ursula Arning.  IFLA Standing Committee elections are currently underway, and the ARL Standing Committee is excited to be welcoming new members.  We have invited our candidates to submit short biographies so that those of you who are voting members will have some background in making your selections.

I am a librarian at ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences, the largest academic and research library for Life Sciences in Germany. I am interested in academic libraries and knowledge exchange and I would be delighted to share our own experience with librarians from all over the world.

I am an expert in the field of Open Access and Open Data. I think these are the future directions for libraries and I believe that it is necessary to work together to create new opportunities in the academic publishing area. For this reason, we have created the Open Access Publishing Portal, with platforms in the green and the golden road, and, most importantly, a full advisory service which can answer all questions about Open Access. This service aims to help scientists decide on their publishing modalities and to show them how and where they have the opportunity to publish their (working) papers. The service also aims to help other librarians communicate with scientists from their own institutions and give them some material in the hand. As a result we have created video tutorials about DOIs or how to share data and we organize workshops about Open Access and data management.

As I was a librarian at the Goethe-Institute in Córdoba/Argentina before, I am fully aware of the importance and the enrichment of cooperation all over the world. Consequently I look forward to working in the IFLA context and to work with you in this field of scientific libraries.

I studied Library Science at HDM Stuttgart and then Latin-American literature at the university Bielefeld. My PHD deals with literature during the Argentina’s military dictatorship (1976-1983).

My publications in the field of Open Access are mostly in German, but I will be glad to write my next papers in English or Spanish for the IFLA.


Ursula Arning, Birte Lindstädt, Jasmin Schmitz: PUBLISSO: Das Open-Access-Publikationsportal für die Lebenswissenschaften. In: GMS Med Bibl Inf 2016; 16(3)

Ursula Arning: Open-Access-Publizieren und -Beraten: Mit Fokus auf die PUBLISSO – Publikationsplattform von ZB MED. In: Bibliothek Forschung und Praxis Bd. 40, Heft 3 (Dez 2016)

Ursula Arning: Das PUBLISSO-Fachrepositorium. Ein Ort für Open-Access- und Open-Data-Publikationen aus den Lebenswissenschaften. In: Strategien für die Bibliothek als Ort – Festschrift für Petra Hauke zum 70. Geburtstag,  de Gruyter 2016, S. 369-378

Ursula Arning: GMS publishes your research findings – and makes the related research data available through Dryad. In: GMS Z Med Ausbild 2015; 32(3)

Ursula Arning: Der Wissenschaftskreislauf schließt sich: Publizieren bei einer Spezialbibliothek – ZB MED – Leibniz-Informationszentrum Lebenswissenschaften. In: o-bib – das offene Bibliotheksjournal, Bd. 2, Nr. 4, 2015

Ursula Arning: Open Access-Publizieren im Bereich Lebenswissenschaften. In: Lecture Notes in Informatics (LNI) – Proceedings, Series of the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI), Volume P-238, S. 17-20, Informatik in der Land-, Forst- und Ernährungswirtschaft, Referate der 35. GIL Jahrestagung, 23.-24. Februar 2015 in Geisenheim

Ursula Arning: Living Handbooks – Wissenschaftliche Handbücher online publizieren. In: ZBIW Jahresbericht 2014, S. 40-41

Ursula Arning, Jasmin Schmitz: Publizieren: Ein Überblick. In: Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) (Hrsg): CoScience – gemeinsam forschen und publizieren mit dem Netz, 2014